From time to time I get requests to tie a certain pattern or style of fly as well as demonstrate a certain technique. I try to honor these requests, when I can, because the folks that follow my videos and give me so much positive comments and suggestions are one of the major reason I do these videos. Plus, it helps me focus on something I know (at least one person) will get direct benefit from. The Mohair Leech came from one such request. Actually, it is the first Leech pattern in about four that I am doing because the request was for information on Leech “patterns” and not one specific pattern. I chose the Mohair Leech as the first because it is about the simplest leech fly that anyone can tie. Also, it a very effective fly for coldwater and warmwater species. Most leech flies have a lot of weight on them and are fished bouncing along the bottom. After all, that is pretty much were fish will find leeches, on the bottom. The Mohair leech has some weight and it can be fished along the bottom, either drifted straight line or under an indicator but it can also be swung as a streamer above the bottom. Certainly, by using white or cream colored materials the Mohair leech becomes a Mohair baitfish.
Tying the Mohair leech is very straightforward and most beginners will not have a problem tying this fly. I mentioned that the version in the video does have some weight to it. It has about 12 wraps of .030 Lead-Free wire along the hook shank. However, many people will tie this fly with a bead or cone on the front (and still some lead along the shank) to position the weight where they want it and to add some flash or profile to the fly. You could also add a bright colored bead (Fl. Orange or Fl. Chartreuse) to the fly to really stand out and get the fishes attention. You also do not have to use Mohair to tie this leech pattern. Although, technically it would not be a “Mohair” leech without the Mohair you could make your own dubbing brush from some long fibered dubbing or possibly use something like an EP Foxy Brush for the body. Same profile, same action but different material than Mohair. This leech pattern is a good fly to get started learning to tie and fish leech patterns. Leeches are a part of most fishes diet so having some and knowing how to fish them can make for a nice day on the water. – Enjoy.
|Mustad R74-9672, #2 – #12
|Uni-Thread 8/0, Olive
|Lead (or Lead-Free) Wire, .030
|Marabou, Light Olive
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